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Philippine prelate: don’t vote for candidates who support abortion, divorce

Catholic World News - April 17, 2013

Emphasizing that the Church does not endorse political candidates, the vice president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said in a pastoral letter that Catholics should not vote for candidates who support abortion, divorce, or same-sex marriage.

“When the Church ENDORSES CANDIDATES in political elections she always ends up a LOSER,” wrote Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen Dagupan. “The endorsed candidate may win in the votes but the Church never wins with him. In endorsing candidates, the Bride of Christ the Church tarnishes her spiritual mission with the stain of the mundane. The endorsed candidate might win but religion has been reduced to a political party; religion has been used for political gain and our spiritual mission has been compromised. We will be lonesome widows after the elections for marrying partisan politics during the campaign.”

He continued:

We your archbishop and priests in Lingayen Dagupan admonish you to examine your candidates diligently in the light of our Catholic faith. We advise you not to vote for the candidates if:

1. The candidate cannot declare a categorical and clear NO to divorce, abortion, euthanasia, total birth control and homosexual marriages or D.E.A.T.H issues. Pro choice is anti life.

2. The candidate has been linked to drug trade, drug possession or drug use or receives money from illegal gambling or has done nothing to stop illegal gambling especially jueteng. Silence is consent.

3. The candidate has been convicted for a criminal offense. Government officials must be honourable.

4. The candidate supports black sand mining or tolerates irresponsible quarrying or illegal fish pens. Nature is our mother; if you can rape your own mother, what else will you not do?

5. The candidate has not done anything until now to uplift the plight of the poor. Performance is better than promises.

6. The candidate is giving money or distributing goods to voters during the campaign period. Vote buying is prostitution.

7. The candidate has been involved or linked to terrorism or the use of goons for self protection within or outside the campaign period. Peace is the only way to peace.

8. The candidate shows off religiosity only during the campaign period or is antagonistic to church teachings and practices. Corruption and hypocrisy are twins.

9. The candidate is unfaithful to his or her spouse and children. Corruption begins at home.

10. The candidate has other members of the immediate family in government positions already. Promoting family welfare and promoting the common good cannot mix.

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  • Posted by: Defender - Apr. 17, 2013 5:46 PM ET USA

    This is leadership and it's specific and to the point. My only question is do the bishops there also impose Canon 915?

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